Allow me to introduce myself since this is my first post.
I am 21 yrs old and usually ski with my dad. We live in the northeast, and frequent mostly Okemo, Stratton and Killington. Pretty much we only do day trips, but we get a decent amount of them in a given ski season (go up at least every two weeks). However, during my spring breaks we like to go for a longer stay to a mountain that we rarely visit. Two years ago it was Whiteface, last year it was Stowe. So here are my two questions:
Last year when we stayed at Stowe, we were in the Stowe Mountain Lodge. The place is gorgeous and we got a great last minute deal. The best thing about the place is that they take your boots for the night and dry them. In the morning you just give the ski valet a call and when you came down to the slopes they hand you warm ski boots and your skis and you were good to go. No more trying to dry the boots with a hotel hair drier. Do ski valets like this, more specifically with the overnight boot drying, exist elsewhere? This was a great service and am wondering if it's unique to Stowe.
Which leads me to my next question. This year we're thinking bigger. We have never skied out west and would like to consider trying it on our spring break trip. Do you guys have any suggestions on where we should go? It's hard to judge our abilities, but we love skiing blacks and double blacks, trail such as Polar Bear and Kidderbrook at Stratton, and any trails underneath the Gondola at Killington come to mind. New England glades are not our thing as my dad doesn't want to splatter his brains on a tree, and frankly we are never in VT when there is enough good snow to ski glades. I was looking at Mammoth, and Big Sky, but I'm open to your suggestions. This trip would probably be around the second week of March for like 3 to 4 full skiing days.
Thanks for your input, I appreciate your comments.